Calendar

There’s many ways to learn, explore, experience nature and have fun at the Confluence Learning Center!

Would you like to see a program here or hold a program? Please email [email protected]

Click the “Categories” button below to see programs and events specifically for youth, adults, families, and free programs!

Aug
8
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 10am-12pm (summer hours). Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Aug
11
Sat
Classroom Field Trip Grant Session for Teachers @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nature At The Confluence, Sand Bluff Bird Observatory and Welty Environmental Center are teaming up to help teachers get funding to bring their students on a trip for a full day of nature-based, ecology and conservation education.

Four dates are being offered for a free 2-hour grant writing session that will assist teachers in applying for up to $700 Target Stores Field Trip Grant. This grant can fund transportation, admissions and supplies for Spring 2019 field trips for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

DETAILS – In a fun and fast two-hour session, we’ll assist teachers in writing a grant that would cover a full day of nature based, ecology and conservation education. Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is location for the morning program; Nature at the Confluence in South Beloit is afternoon program location with a lunch break at Nature At The Confluence. During the session we’ll provide information about our organizations including how programming could meet state standards; help with phrasing, brainstorming and other assistance.

If you would like more information please contact Megan Pease ([email protected]; 608-354-2540)

“The trip was excellent. What a great educational site and collaboration of programs you have there.  Even the chaperones expressed interest in coming back on their own.  I hope to, too!”  ~ 3rd Grade Teacher

PLEASE REGISTER BELOW!

Teacher Grant Writing Session Dates at Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop St., South Beloit, IL

  • Saturday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

About Sand Bluff Bird Observatory:
The Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is a non-profit citizen science organization capturing, studying and releasing wild migratory birds at the Colored Sands Forest Preserve. The research has been conducted for more than 50 years and the knowledgeable volunteers enjoy sharing their experiences and information about birds, conservation and ecology with visitors.

A typical program for school groups will include:

  • A presentation about the avian research, ecology and specific bird species
  • Seeing wild migratory birds
  • Observing the collection of data about wild birds
  • A short hike to observe the field research process

About the Nature at the Confluence Learning Center & Welty Environmental Center:
The Nature at the Confluence Learning Center is located in South Beloit where the Turtle Creek joins the Rock River, 17 minutes from Sand Bluff Bird Observatory. The non-profit organization offers programs focusing on nature, ecology and local history and they have large indoor and outdoor classroom meeting spaces with bathrooms and sinks. Welty Environmental Center is our programming partner.

Program Options Include: 

  • Monarch Magic – learn about monarch conservation
  • Watershed Education
  • Macroinvertabrate Investigation
  • Or other Environmental Education Programs tailored to your need

Register Below

 

 

Kelly Creek Stream Monitoring @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Welty at the Nature of the Confluence on August  11th for a second round of data collection at Kelly Creek, a stream monitoring project fund by an Illinois American Water grant. In this free program we’ll discover the function and importance of watersheds and how runoff water enters streams.At 10:00 AM at Kelly Creek, we will take samples to compare against those taken on June 16, 2018.  We will observe and record the quality of water: oxygen, phosphate, nitrate, ph, chloroform, and turbidity.

All ages can take part in some aspect of this study. (Direct Kelly Creek access may be limited to Welty staff.

NOTE: Registration is necessary for this event. Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or call 608-362-6212 for more information.

Aug
12
Sun
CANCELLED – Prairie Trail Running @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

There are many ways to get outside and enjoy the natural trappings of South Beloit, IL. One such way is Trail Running. Running park trails is a perfect low-ecological impact way that provides a great work out while taking in the natural world around us.

Please join us on August 12th at 4:00 pm to learn about prairie ecology, Nature at the Confluence’s prairie restoration efforts, trail running techniques by local runner Paul Dionne, culminating in a 5K (roughly) trail run.

  • All level of runner welcome. This lead run will have exit points looping back to the center and will include paved bike paths and side walks near the center.

Please make sure to register with Welty Environmental Center in advance at this link or calling 608-362-6212.

Runner Bio: Paul Dionne is an accomplished runner, with podium finishes ranging from 5K to 100 mile distances (yes, he once ran 100 miles in a day!). A 2:55 marathoner, Paul has run the Boston Marathon two times and 20 trail ultramarathons (50K and longer) with six wins. An avid trail runner, Paul runs mostly on dirt and enjoys both solo and group runs among the trees and prairies surrounding Beloit, with a special appreciation for the Ice Age Trail meandering through Kettle Moraine State Forest. A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Paul came into running later in life, demonstrating that it is never too late to discover new ways to enjoy the outdoors.

Aug
15
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 10am-12pm (summer hours). Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Classroom Field Trip Grant Session for Teachers @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Nature At The Confluence, Sand Bluff Bird Observatory and Welty Environmental Center are teaming up to help teachers get funding to bring their students on a trip for a full day of nature-based, ecology and conservation education.

Four dates are being offered for a free 2-hour grant writing session that will assist teachers in applying for up to $700 Target Stores Field Trip Grant. This grant can fund transportation, admissions and supplies for Spring 2019 field trips for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

DETAILS – In a fun and fast two-hour session, we’ll assist teachers in writing a grant that would cover a full day of nature based, ecology and conservation education. Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is location for the morning program; Nature at the Confluence in South Beloit is afternoon program location with a lunch break at Nature At The Confluence. During the session we’ll provide information about our organizations including how programming could meet state standards; help with phrasing, brainstorming and other assistance.

If you would like more information please contact Megan Pease ([email protected]; 608-354-2540)

“The trip was excellent. What a great educational site and collaboration of programs you have there.  Even the chaperones expressed interest in coming back on their own.  I hope to, too!”  ~ 3rd Grade Teacher

PLEASE REGISTER BELOW!

Teacher Grant Writing Session Dates at Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop St., South Beloit, IL

  • Saturday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

About Sand Bluff Bird Observatory:
The Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is a non-profit citizen science organization capturing, studying and releasing wild migratory birds at the Colored Sands Forest Preserve. The research has been conducted for more than 50 years and the knowledgeable volunteers enjoy sharing their experiences and information about birds, conservation and ecology with visitors.

A typical program for school groups will include:

  • A presentation about the avian research, ecology and specific bird species
  • Seeing wild migratory birds
  • Observing the collection of data about wild birds
  • A short hike to observe the field research process

About the Nature at the Confluence Learning Center & Welty Environmental Center:
The Nature at the Confluence Learning Center is located in South Beloit where the Turtle Creek joins the Rock River, 17 minutes from Sand Bluff Bird Observatory. The non-profit organization offers programs focusing on nature, ecology and local history and they have large indoor and outdoor classroom meeting spaces with bathrooms and sinks. Welty Environmental Center is our programming partner.

Program Options Include: 

  • Monarch Magic – learn about monarch conservation
  • Watershed Education
  • Macroinvertabrate Investigation
  • Or other Environmental Education Programs tailored to your need

Register Below

 

 

Aug
16
Thu
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER! Community Fire Gathering & Drum Circle @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Community Fire and Drum & Percussion Circle

Join in the fun each month on the 3rd Thursday, May-Oct, 6:30-8:00pm. Whether you’re a seasoned drummer, or have never picked up a drum, you are invited to participate! We have all kinds of fun percussion instruments for you to try!

Aug
21
Tue
The Golden Hour : Cameras At The Confluence Photographer Meetup @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Calling all photographers! Here’s your chance to meet. learn. share.

Cameras At The Confluence: Summer Macro Photography
Tuesday, August 21 , 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Each month the  Cameras At The Confluence Photographer’s Meetup features a different theme. This month’s theme is “The Golden Hour“. You know those photos that seem to glow, and everything in them seems rimmed with a halo of light? The ones with stunning flares of light that look like the subject’s soul is exploding out of them and dust clouds that look like magic suspended in air? Well, most of the time that wasn’t just coincidence – those photos were taken during what’s commonly known as the golden hour, also known as the magic hour.

We’ll have some time to talk, share and go outside and shoot during the “Golden Hour”

  • This is a free event open to area photographers.
  • No registration required.

 

 

 

 

Aug
22
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 10am-12pm (summer hours). Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Turtle Creek Cleanup & Clearing at the Confluence @ Nature at the Confluence
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come help us pull wood that’s floated down the creek during the last 2 floods that is blocking the creek channel. Come prepared to work in the water. Wear sturdy shoes that can get wet. Hand saws would be handy.